it changed quite that were their country's landscape in modern american culture. the automobile has been central to the story of america's innovation and public safety standards pc bell, brake lights come air bags have saved innumerable lives once needlessly lost. today the car's owner are safer than ever, but with a long long way to go. more than 30,000 lives are lost each year. i can remember when those 50,000, so that's good, but an awful lot of us lies. each year on our highways and roads, most crashes frankly are caused by driver error needs to be said. automakers, regulators, researchers must continue their pursuit of safer vehicles especially at the hands of driver distraction impairment or poor judgment.